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US tv series (2009-2010). Phantom Four Films for ABC. Created by Brannon Braga and David S Goyer, based on the novel Flashforward (1999) by Robert J Sawyer. Producers include Braga, Goyer, Samantha Thomas, Jessika Borsiczky, and Vince Gerardis. Writers include Braga, Goyer, Sawyer, Lisa Zwerling, Scott M Gimple, and Seth Hoffman. Directors include Goyer, Bobby Roth, Nick Gomez, John Polson, and Constantine Makris. Cast includes Joseph Fiennes as Mark Benford, Sonya Walger as Olivia Benford, ...

Skillman, Phil

(1845-1922) US attorney and author, who also wrote as by Kettle Kettleson. His only novel, A Living Dead Man; Or, the Strange Case of Moses Scott (October-? 1897 The Albany Law Journal as "A Living Dead Man; Or, the Strange Case of Moses Scott: An Accurate and Faithful Narration of the Complications Caused by a Litigant's Return from the Lethean Shore"; 1897 chap), applies supernatural and sf motifs, seemingly without noticing the distinction, to what might seem primarily an Afterlife fantasy ...

Chubbchubbs, The

US short animated film (2002). Sony Pictures Imageworks. Directed by Eric Armstrong. Written by Jeff Wolverton. Voice cast includes Brad Simonsen and Jeff Wolverton. 6 Minutes. Colour. / Fired and kicked out of the Alien karaoke bar where he worked as the janitor, Meeper (Simonsen) is warned by another alien that "the Chubbchubbs are coming" – and, indeed, Monsters can be seen approaching. The bar clientele flee; Meeper notices some cute little birdlike creatures and tries to persuade ...

Gallant, Craig

(?   -    ) US teacher and author, most of whose fiction is contained in the Wild West Exodus over-series of Alternate-World Steampunk Westerns beginning with the first volume of the Shared World Jesse James Archives subseries, Honor Among Outlaws (2013), based on a Wargame, in which James and Billy the Kid trade high-tech blows as they vie for control of a shattered America. In Bastion (2014), Secret Masters hidden in a remote Keep attempt to keep humanity ...

Rossmann, John F

(1942-    ) US author of the Mind Masters sequence, beginning with The Mind Masters (1974), in which a Vietnam vet, whose ESP powers have been activated by trauma, joins a secret organization whose goal is to prevent the powers-that-be from subverting research into paranormal phenomena; as the series progresses, Equipoisal shifts between sf and supernatural horror weaken its occasional strengths. The last two volumes were as by Ian Ross. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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